Srinagar Tourism
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Srinagar Tourism

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My wife and I had been waiting for many years for this visit to Kashmir. One missed trip and long period of unrest in the area delayed it. The dream finally came true when our sons gifted the trip on our 40th wedding Anniversary.

Kashmir is a 'must see' place. Everything is different here. Actually one must visit Srinagar more than once as the place changes with the seasons. Our visit was in August, actually not the tourist season. That allowed us to have a free run everywhere as there were very little crowd at all the tourist attractions. As a serious photographer, this allowed me to snap most places in its natural ambiance without hoards of people milling around. Coming from a hill station ourselves, it was pretty warm during this time. We have decided to go back in winter, jut for a couple of days, only to see the same places covered in white.

Food scene is great throughout the capital city. The portions are big, priced moderately and made of quality ingredients and not that spicy and tasting great, both veg and non veg. Kashmir is not known for its desserts, anyway. Stick to known ones like Ice-creams and Gulaab-Jamuns. Most Hotels and resorts have buffet for all three meals and the variety is enough to kick your weight up a few notches by the time you leave Srinagar in a week yes you need a week to cover all the places mentioned, without running from one place to another!

We spent all our time visiting and photographing places. Did some visits to handicraft emporium's, shops selling local produces - there are hundreds of them on the road to Pahalgam - like Saffron, Almond and Walnut among other things. One can buy finest quality of all those things if one is careful. Most of the Taxi drivers has their own favorite traders read who gives them handsome kickbacks 100% of carved wooden artifacts are done in Walnut wood, starting from a few hundred rupees to a few lakhs. And the entire Cricket Bat Industry is also on the same road with hundreds of showrooms on either side, beckoning your pre-teenage sons! In Gulmarg the main attraction is the Gondola ride to the snow-capped peak, for skiing in winter and sightseeing during rest of the times. It is quite a breath taking experience.

Srinagar, Pehalgam, Sonamarg, Gulmarg and Manasbal Lake are the places with tourist attractions. A ride in the the famous "Dal Lake" in a Shikara, visit to many gardens, an ancient temple and an ancient mosque are the main attraction in Srinagar. Visiting Gulmarg, Pahalgam Sonamarg and Manasbal are just to see the natural beauty of the places, mostly made famous by the 60's and 70's Hindi Films shot there. In fact, many of those landmarks are today known by some of those Films like 'Behatab Valley', Sangam Bridge and Karma Village. From some of these spots one need to get on a pony to climb up the hilly terrain through paths with huge boulders. If you are in good shape you can trek to some places. At Sonamarg one has to use the local MUV taxis as the terrain is so bad and one is not allowed to use their own or rented four Wheeler which one came in. Manasbal is a more beautiful lake than Dal Lake, overlooking a nice garden and the lake has the best and biggest Lotus garden. This is a less known attraction and close to Srinagar on the way from Pahalgam. The lake is smaller than Dal but cleaner and with less tourists one can enjoy the serenity better.

A bit of caution: All the tourist attractions, except the Gardens are fleecing tourists and they are well organized and they have years of experience in handling novices like us, especially people who don't speak Hindi or Kashmiri. Whether it's the boat ride, horse ride or the Taxi at Sonamarg, they are just waiting for you. Haggle, haggle and haggle more and fix the rate before hiring. 30% of what they quoted will be a good number to start with and work your way up. When you reach at 60% you give up the trip and return to your car. He will eventually come to you. There is no point in asking his competitors. They are a cartel with a Chieftain and are all local tribes running the show with the blessings of Local as well as the Tourist Police and Administration. Your own driver or your Hotel staff won't interfere as they are scared of them. All the rates displayed at the places are bogus. Remember, You are not the one taking that ride, they are taking you for a ride, literally. Same with Silks and Pashmina's. If you are not careful. Anything will be passed off as Pashmina and Kashmir Silks will be mostly Ludhiana made synthetics. Even the Gondola ride, which you can book online has been taken over by the local guide and you will be heartbroken to see that there is no one to HELP you there. Be very, very careful with them. They offer their services as guides. You don't need them as you can pick a pony ride at both the stops and they will take you wherever.

Have a great trip!
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Raunak Parekh
  • Raunak Parekh
  • Lives in Aurangabad
  • 4 Reviews

"A different world with beauty personified" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Srinagar is a good and well developed city whose economy is based mostly on tourism. It has many lakes surrounding entire city. Places to visit in the city are Mughal garden, Shalimar park, Nishat park, Chashme Shahi and Pari Mahal. Every place is a must go and spend time. Keep a day aside for this local sightseeing. The places are fabulous and so is the landscape. Further to shop in local market, visit the Lal Bazaar, the central and biggest market there. If you bargain a little, you can buy things at unbelievable price. Do spend a night at houseboat, it is a wonderful experience. If you be wise and precise about your selection of things, Kashmir will pamper you with all it has to offer a traveller.
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Anand Gupta
  • Anand Gupta
  • 2 Reviews

"Beautiful place and atmosphere" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Srinagar is a very beautiful place in India. It is known as a heaven of India. The places like Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Pahalgam and Dal Lake all are wonderful. You really enjoy the beauty, greenery, snow, atmosphere and environment very much. The tourists come from whole world. Srinagar is very beautiful. It has lot of hills and mountains. You must visit and enjoy this place.
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Ayush Garg
  • Ayush Garg
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Beautiful places to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Srinagar is the heaven on earth. It must be visited by every person of India as well as of the world. Places like Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Dal Lake, Nashad Garden, Shankaracharya Temple and the Yusmarg are a must see places. The local drink is Kehwa which is like coffee. It was a good experience.
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Prakash Dharma
  • Prakash Dharma
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 8 Reviews

"Cooperative and cultured people" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Overall the trip was very good. Out of five days stay, three days we enjoyed snowfall. The carpet factory was great. Stay in the house boat was excellent. The food supplied in hotel and house boat was very good. The people of Srinagar were very cultured. They were cooperative while explaining each and every aspect of the place.
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Vidur Kamra
  • Vidur Kamra
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Beautiful shikaras and house boats will make your day" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
If you wish to see heaven on earth you should plan your trip to Srinagar. The beautiful shikaras and the house boats on Dal lake will make your trip awesome. A perfect destination with a great combination of nature's beauty, cool climate and amazing food. You would feel like staying there once you visit this place. The must visit destination place there is the Gulmarg.
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Punit Agrawal
  • Punit Agrawal
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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews

"Religious place with natural beauty" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was a beautiful place with lots of places to visit. While Dal Lake is an attraction for everyone, Gulmarg and Pahalgam are famous for its pristine natural beauty, snow clad mountains and winter sports. Also for those interested in visiting religious places, there are famous temples and Hazaratbal shrine.
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Sameksha Tripathi
  • Sameksha Tripathi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"A gateway to serenity" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Srinagar is the heart of Kashmir. The journey from Jammu to Srinagar is a gateway to serenity. The beauty of this place will enchant you. The hospitality of the people will make you visit the place again. Must visit places are Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Lolab Valley, Nishat Bagh, Pari Mahal, Gulmarg, Dachigam National Park and Chasme Shahi. There are many boating places where you can spend the day. A road trip is the best for travelling. You get lots of local sweets which will make your day.
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Paul Sarkar
  • Paul Sarkar
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  • 2 Reviews

"Kashmir, the heaven on earth" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
There are no words to define the beauty of Kashmir. So far it is the best place i have ever seen. The best time to visit Kashmir is may. The beauty of Mughal Gardens, Chashma Shahi, Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh, Botanical Garden cannot not be. There are no words to define the beauty of Kashmir. So far it is the best place I have ever seen.
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Chandan Madaan
  • Chandan Madaan
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 2 Reviews

"Superb Place" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
There are no words to define the beauty of Kashmir. So far it is the best place I have ever seen. The best time to visit Kashmir is in the month of May. You could see lots of snow in a very good climate. Truly its rightly said the Heaven on Earth. If you are a nature lover then this place is definitely for you. Take one or two day stay at Shikara on Dal lake or Jhelum River. Enjoy the Shikara Ride also.
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Shivam Setia
  • Shivam Setia
  • 1 Review

"Awesome Place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It was a great place to visit and the scenic beauty was awesome. We enjoyed a lot and played on ice. It was so fun that we did not want to visit back to our place.
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Srinagar Info

  • State: Jammu & Kashmir
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1585 m
  • Pincode: 190001
  • District: Srinagar
  • Language: Hindi,Urdu
  • STD code: 0194
  • Weather: Summer 14 to 30°C, Winter -2 to 14°C

Located in the heart of the Kashmir Valley, which is called 'Paradise on Earth', Srinagar’s landscape is interspersed with greenery, lakes and hillocks. The city is spread out along the banks of the Jhelum River and is famous for its surrounding natural beauty and postcard tourist spots. The two parts of the city are connected by nine bridges. The Hari Parbat and the Shankar Acharya hills lie on either side of the city.  

People & Culture of Srinagar

Srinagar has a complex cultural fabric. The many historical constructions and places of worship are long-standing evidences of the historical unity of Srinagar despite the many diverse religious denominations and sects established in the valley since ancient times. 

Srinagar is also the venue for many Kashmiri artists, dancers and singers who perform in the various theatres and art houses of the city. Many troupes of the dervish and the qawwali (that have been influenced by both Sufi and Hindustani musical and artistic traditions of Srinagar) survive to this day and the musicians have their own customised musical instruments.

There are many Hindu temples that are more than 1000 years old as well as age-old mosques that are landmarks of Srinagar. Also, numerous gurudwaras and monasteries can be found in many places throughout the city.

Things to do in Srinagar

UNESCO has recognised some of these famous buildings of the city as heritage sites. Some of the famous temples are Shankaracharya Temple, Martand Sun Temple, Kheer Bhavani Temple, Pandrethan Temple, etc. The Hazratbal Mosque, Dal Lake, Wullar Lake, etc. are some prominent attractions of the destination.

Srinagar is also a place for trekking and hiking. The most popular trekking route from Srinagar is to the sacred Amarnath cave. An excursion can be taken to Pahalgam and the Dachigam National Park. Srinagar holiday packages can be availed to plan a holiday to the destination. 

Another significant attraction of Srinagar is the Tulip Festival, which is organised annually from April 5 to 15 every year. 

Food & Shopping in Srinagar

Rice is a dominant feature of most meals served in Srinagar and the valley is famous for its unique method of cooking by combining meat with vegetables. The food is generally sharp and spicy. 

Tourists can shop for Pashmina shawls and stoles, handmade Kashmiri carpets, wooden crafts and the papier machie products, which are exquisitely crafted and unique to Srinagar. Srinagar is well known for its saffron, which is considered as the royal spice. Tourists can visit the saffron field along the Srinagar – Anantnag Highway, which is at a distance of 13 km from Srinagar to buy Saffron, fresh from the farmers. It might cost around INR 200 per gram.

Travelling to Srinagar

Srinagar is connected by flights to the Srinagar Airport. Indian Airlines provides daily flight service to Srinagar from Delhi, Mumbai and Jammu. The nearest rail station is at Jammu which is almost 300 km away. Bus services are provided by quite a few tour operators from neighbouring regions to reach Srinagar. Tourists can avail private cabs to travel around the city and to nearby places.

The climate of Srinagar is pleasant throughout the year, apart from the winters; with summer temperatures staying within 35° Celsius. The proximate presence of the Hokersar wetland influences the climate of Srinagar and keeps it balanced. The best time to visit Srinagar is from April to June.

Accommodation options in Srinagar

Hotel options in Srinagar range from 5 star hotels, resorts to houseboats, budget hotels, lodges and guesthouses. There is an option for tourists with different budgets. 

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